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sold that place, and bought the land where
our subject now resides. I-e died in 1876,
at the age of fifty-six years, and his wife
still lives at the old homestead, aged sixtyeight
years. Both were consistent members
of the Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Wood
were the parents of ten children, eight of
whom grew to years of maturity: William,
a farmer of Bastrop county; Jack, also
engaged in agricultural pursuits in tbis
county; James A., our subject; Molley, at
home; Thomas, deceased at the age of thirty
years; Elledge, a farmer of Bastrop county;
Fanny, wife of J. C. Chapman, of this
county; Charles, deceased; and Janie,
James A. Wood, the subject of this sketch,
remained under the parental roof until
twenty-seven years of age, and he then began
farming his interest in the home place. In
1888 he purchased a farm on the Colorado
river, and he now owns 262 acres, 150 acres
under a fine state of cultivation. His land is
located in the Colorado valley, where lie is
engaged in general farming and stock-raising.
He now has about 150 steers. In 1887 Mr.
Wood established a postoffice at M[cDuff, of
which he was appointed Postmaster. In
1882 he opened a general mercantile store
on his farm, which he conducted successfully
twelve years, but in November, 1892, both
the store and post office were burned. He
carried but a small insurance. in 1888 Mr.
Wood erected a steam gin; in 1892 built
another in a different neighborhood, and during
the present year will make about 1,500
bales of cotton. In 1892 he embarked in
the drug business, and the postoffice is now
located in his store building.
November 14, 1878, Mr. Wood was united
in marriage to Miss Martha Rivers, who was
born in this State, June 1, 1857, a daughter
of William IRivers. The latter came to Bastrop
county, Texas, in 1853, where lie served
as a Methodist minister many years. I-e lied
in 1878, and his wife also departed this life
the same year. They were the parents of
seven children: Sally, wife of J. I. McGinis;
W. H., engaged in the banking business at
Elgin; Mattie. wife of our subject; Molley,
now Mrs. W. 0. Strans; Elmma, wife of
Samuel Manor; Joe, of Elgin; and Ida, wife
of H. Y. Allen. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have
liad five children: Elledge, Charles, Lester,
Raleigh, and Bremond. Mr. Wood affiliates
with tlie Democratic party, and socially is a
member of the Knights of Honor. Both he
and his wife are members of the Missionary
Baptist Church. In 1887 Mr. Wood was a
delegate to a convention at Mexico, to assist
inl building a church. Ile helped dedicate
the first Missionary Baptist Church in
ILAS VICKERS, a farmer of Williamnson
county, is a son of James and
Elizabeth (Sanders) Vickers, of German
descent. The family located in Virginia
in a very early day, and later settled in North
Carolina, where the grandfather of our subject,
Benjamin Vickers, was born and raised.
He joined the army during the Indian
troubles, in the Northwest Territory, under
Mad Anthony Wayne, and was wounded
during his service. While on an expedition
into Canada he met and married Henrietta
Robinson. When their son, James, was nine
years of age they moved to Logan county,
Ohio. James Vickers was born in 1804,
was reared to manhood in Logan county,
Ohio, and was there married about 1827.
In 1838 they removed to Perry county,
Illinois, and nine years afterward came to
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